Supporting Students with Dietary Needs in Dynamic Higher Education Environments
On Wednesday, March 26, 2014, we hosted an in-depth presentation of the case that brought the question of food allergies to the forefront of ADA compliance.
Participants heard first-hand accounts from those who were involved in the case and received peer advice regarding the development of proactive approaches for their own campus.
Schedule highlights included:
An in-depth presentation of the case that brought the question of food allergies to the forefront of ADA compliance
Presenters: Laura Patey, Associate Dean for Student Academic Resources, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, and Harold W. Potter, Jr., Esq., Holland and Knight LLP, Boston, MA
Disability Service providers often find themselves as the provider of access for all individuals on their campus. This presentation reviewed the Lesley University Settlement Agreement and discussed the need for establishing a collaborative approach in meeting the need of students with food allergies and celiac. The presenters described ways that they have engaged other campus entities in addressing these access issues. Higher Education implications for policy and procedures were explored.
Panel Presentation: How do universities meet students' dietary needs? Representatives from MIT, Wellesley, and Wesleyan will describe their approaches. What might work at your institution?
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Henry Humphreys, Senior Associate Dean, Residential Life and Dining and Lauren Patterson, General Manager, Bon Appetit
- Wellesley College: James Wice, Director of Disability Services
- Wesleyan University: Michelle Myers-Brown, Director of Usdan University Center, and Rachel Sobelsohn, Student receiving accommodations.
- Moderator: Kathleen Monagle, Associate Dean, MIT Student Disability Services